MCC awarded Transatlantic Mobility Program grant for Study Abroad
Mott Community College has been awarded the prestigious Transatlantic Mobility Program grant by the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States for 2019-2020 for STEM study abroad. This program was supported by the American Association of Community Colleges.
This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) emphasized grant of $19,800 will be matched by the College in order to send a contingent of students to France for a Study Abroad and Cultural exchange.
“We are very excited to be able to offer our students this opportunity to visit STEM-related colleges overseas, and to present their research to their peers,” said Todd Troutman, Dean of Science and Math at MCC.
“To qualify to apply for the grant, MCC had to collaborate with a French University,” said Troutman. “We were able to partner with two French universities, the Université Clermont Auvergne – IUT de Clermont-Ferrand in Aubière, and Université Le Havre Normandie in Le Havre.”
MCC will send two groups to France in May of 2020, both groups will include up to five students and a faculty or staff member. One group will visit Clermont Auvergne Universite and the other will visit Université Le Havre Normandie.
The students will include MCC STEM Scholars, and students involved in campus groups such as TRiO, Talented Men of Today, and International Studies.
While in France, participating MCC STEM Scholars will present their Undergraduate Research Methods research posters at the two universities.
Undergraduate Research Methods is a required course for MCC STEM Scholars. It is designed
to give students more than just theoretical understanding of their degree topic. It
was implemented in Winter semester 2019 to give Science majors at MCC a competitive
edge when transferring to a four-year college or university.
Undergraduate research opportunities have a broad impact on the individual student. Research experience prepare students for the next level of college and develops skills that they can apply throughout their career. They also offer a safe, short-term way for students to determine if their field of study and chosen career field are a good fit, and can serve as the required “work experience” graduates need to land a job interview.
More about the French universities:
Clermont Auvergne Universite is a public university with its main campus in Clermont-Ferrand, France, and was created in 2017 through the merger of the University of Auvergne and Blaise Pascal University.
Université Le Havre Normandie in Le Havre is also a public university located in Seine-Maritime, France, officially inaugurated in 1984, although the first lessons took place in 1967 as part of the University Institute of Technology.
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